SUMMARY OF FIREWORKS INJURIES IN ILLINOIS
In June 2008, the Division of Fire Prevention requested data from 335 hospitals within the State to determine various facts about injuries associated with fireworks occurring during a four-week time period, which included the July 4th holiday.
Some of the information on our form was not filled out so we cannot give 100% accurate information. The number of responding hospitals is down from last year’s 34% to 73 (22%) respondents. Of the 73 hospitals responding to our survey, 22 (7%) had no fireworks related injuries during the time period of June 23 through July 20, 2008.
There were 103 persons injured by fireworks this year. Injuries to males were 66 (64%) and to females were 36 (35%), leaving unknown at 1 (1%).
Bottle rockets were the type of firework causing the highest number of injuries at (21%).
Injuries affecting the fingers were the highest percent this year, with a total of 23%. Second highest body part affected were eye injuries, this year at 19%. Burns were the leading type of injury at 53%.